Strike Looms at Johns Hopkins; New Variants Gain Ground; Candy-Like Fentanyl

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Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins Hospital is anticipating a strike by union workers ranging from essential support services to patient care services. (WBAL-TV)

NIH advisers recommend tighter oversight of experiments on deadly viruses. (Washington Post)

Trying to time your updated COVID-19 booster shot? Wait no later than October, some say. (ABC News)

U.S. regulators are eyeing mid-October for a decision on giving these bivalent vaccines to children 5-11 years old. (Reuters)

Google searches like “how to break arm” reach a high as Russians try to dodge being sent to fight in the war in Ukraine.

New COVID variants gain ground as BA.5 cases slow, CDC data show.

Denmark’s queen tested positive for COVID-19 after attending the funeral of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II. (AP)

Inhalation- and nasal spray-based coronavirus vaccines do not yet have a timeline for rollout in Asia, despite snagging authorizations in India and China. (Wall Street Journal)

When does a pandemic really end, anyway? (CNN)

Malaria and other diseases are spreading quickly after Pakistan’s floods, and many of those affected lack clean water and medical assistance. (Reuters)

Babies scowl at kale but smile at carrots in the womb, an imaging study showed. (Psychological Science)

Scientists have created “switchable” CAR-T cells that can be turned on or off during cancer therapy. (STAT)

Schools and law enforcement continue to warn of “rainbow” fentanyl that might be mistaken for candy. (SELF)

FDA cites multiple problems at the agency for its flawed response to the baby formula shortage. (NBC News)

A tourist on holiday in Boston developed a serious Vibrio vulnificus infection from eating raw oysters. (WCVB)

New York State has a new website describing how people should find care for long COVID symptoms. (NY1)

A Democratic doctor and a Republican nurse are vying for a seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. (CBS News)

Medtronic says FDA approved its Onyx Frontier and Resolute Onyx drug-eluting stents for the treatment of non-left main bifurcation lesions.

Imagine getting bitten by 200 mosquitoes at once: a woman shares her experience doing just that while participating in a malaria vaccine trial. (NPR)

A look inside the inception of a free clinic in rural East Texas and its expansion. (Texas Tribune)

A telemedicine physician practicing in multiple states pleaded guilty to writing unwarranted letters of medical necessity for more than 2,000 patients for the purpose of fraudulent billing, the Department of Justice said.

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